Through the generosity of the Robert P. Holding Foundation, an endowment fund was established in 1986 to provide scholarships for girls with strong academic records, personal character, and a desire to learn. The Holding family has renamed the fund to honor First Citizens Bank, the institution that members of their family have led since 1935. The First Citizens Bank Merit Scholarship is awarded on an annual basis to an incoming new student in grades 9, 10 or 11.
To be eligible for the First Citizens Bank Merit Scholarship, a student must be an applicant for admission to St. Catherine’s School as a new student in grades 9-11. Students who apply for the scholarship must successfully complete the St. Catherine’s admissions process in addition to completing the scholarship application and character reference forms. Failure to complete all admissions and scholarship application documents by the deadline will disqualify the student from the scholarship selection process.
Candidates for the First Citizens Bank Merit Scholarship Award must be students with exceptional records of academic achievement and potential as demonstrated through performance in the classroom, on standardized tests and in extracurricular activities. A successful candidate should demonstrate leadership skills and exemplary personal qualities consistent with the Mission of St. Catherine’s School. Character, intellect and integrity are among the defining qualities of a First Citizens Bank Merit Scholarship recipient.
St. Catherine’s awards one merit-based scholarship (up to $15,000 annually) to the recipient during her school years at St. Catherine’s, provided that she remains in good standing. At the conclusion of each school year, the scholarship recipient’s academic performance and school conduct will be reviewed to ensure that she continues to meet the standards established by the scholarship. The scholarship recipient will be notified with her admissions decision and will be named a First Citizens Bank Scholar during her time at St. Catherine’s.
All scholarship applications will be reviewed by St. Catherine’s Upper School Admissions Committee.